4-5cm Bristlenose Catfish
The Bristlenose Catfish is one of the most common aquarium catfish. It is known by a number of different names including; Bristlenose Pleco, Bushynose Catfish, Common Bristlenose Catfish and the Brushmouth Pleco.
It’s a great fish for beginner and experienced aquarists alike. They are very hardy, and can comfortably adapt to live in a wide variety of tank conditions. It’s not recommended that you house two males together as they get extremely territorial and competitive with other similar shaped species.
Bristlenoses have bony armor which protects them against semi-aggressive, and small aggressive fish, however they will need to be monitored carefully if you choose to house them together.
Bristlenoses are nocturnal fish, and you should make sure there are plenty of hiding places for them to rest in during the day. They like shadowed areas, so the more of these you can create the better. Plants, driftwood and caves all make excellent hiding spaces. Providing driftwood in your tank will also allow for somewhere for algae to grow for the fish to feed on.
• Grows to: 15cm
• Diet: Omnivores – Sinking Wafers/Pellets
• Temperature: 22-27°C
• pH: 6.0-8.0
• Temperament: Peaceful, males can be territorial towards each other.
• Compatibility: Suited to most aquariums due to their peaceful nature and ability to hide or defend from predators.